Belle Starr

The real Belle Starr is so clouded by legend and fiction that you can come up with several versions of her life, depending upon which history of the Old West you study.

"One thing we do know for sure," says actress Elizabeth Montgomery, who stars as the bandit queen in the World Premiere movie, "Belle Starr" (9 p.m. Wednesday) on is that she was an exceptional and amazing woman, if not a "good" one, and an important figure in the history of the West"

There's no such uncertainty, about Miss Montgomery's life. As the daughter of famous parents, she has been well-documented from birth.

Her father, Robert Montgomery, is remembered for his acting in such film classics as "Night Must Fall," "Lady in the Lake" and "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." He also made his mark as a director and later as a producer of the television repertory theater, "Robert Montgomery Presents," from 1950 to 1957. To add further to his credentials, he was President Dwight D. Eisenhower's media adviser for years.Belle Starr

Miss Montgomery become determined to follow in her parents' footsteps when she was 4 (her mother was on the stage as Elizabeth Allen), and has not wavered from that early goal.

She was graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and appeared with her father on television in 1951. For the next 13 years, she, acted in one Broadway play after another, made several feature films, and appeared in some 250 television programs

Then, in 1964, came, "Bewitched," and stardom in her own right. The series lasted eight seasons on television, leaving her in a financial and career position to do only what she really chooses for the rest of her life.
Belle Starr
Many of her roles have been emotionally and physically demanding, as is her role in "Belle Starr." Their demands have kept her in top physical condition, which she believes is essential. "An actor has to have stamina," she says. To that end, she plays tennis, swims, bikes and is careful with her diet. And she loves horses, another personal trait which her choice of roles, including "Belle Starr," points up.

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